Senior Bowl 2019: Observations From Day Three of Practice

January 25, 2019

 Image Credit: Butch Dill/Associated Press

 

 

 

Hopes of making observations from the second day of Senior Bowl practices were washed away by stormy weather on Wednesday that forced players inside and restricted media access, but the return of the sun on Thursday gave those on show in Mobile another chance to shine in front of a wider audience.

 

And some familiar names took full advantage of that opportunity as the Raiders-led North squad and the South team Kyle Shanahan and his 49ers staff are in charge of went through their final tune-ups ahead of Sunday's game.

 

For most, the game is seen as immaterial compared to the practices, so this last day of preparations carried extra significance for those looking to vault their way up the draft board. With that in mind, here's my look at who stood out on day three at Ladd-Peebles Stadium

 

Risner & Lindstrom lock things down

 

I noted on day one how Kansas State's Dalton Risner, viewed as a prospect who can play on every position of the offensive line, had at best an up-and-down day.

 

That was certainly not the case on Thursday. Operating at right tackle, Risner was a stone wall in pass protection in one-on-one drills against the defensive line for the North team, with a highlight of his day a stunt that he and right guard Chris Lindstrom from Boston College picked up perfectly.

 

In team drills Lindstrom showed off his athletic ability by getting into the open field to lead the way on a screen pass, while Risner did a nice job of collapsing down to spring Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams on a cutback run.

 

For a team in need of interior line help, Risner and Lindstrom should be of interest to the 49ers, particularly if the prospect of trading back becomes a more likely one. With the two coaching staffs briefly swapping rosters on Friday's rest day, the Niners will have a chance to get to know this pairing even better.

 

Another Horned Frog jumps out

 

L.J. Collier was one of the stars of day one for the North team, and another TCU pass rusher enjoyed a strong outing on the final day of practice as Ben Banogu excelled in the O-Line v D-Line drills.

 

Banogu demonstrated some impressive inside quickness, which helped him win this rep below against Chuma Edoga from USC.

 

 

 

Banogu will hope performances like the one he produced on day three help change that view of him, and he'll look to finish strong and put out more positive tape in Saturday's game.

 

Montez makes pass protectors sweat

 

One pass rusher who has continued to garner rave reviews in Mobile is Montez Sweat, with his decision to make the trip to South Alabama seemingly vindicated as buzz about him as a first-round pick has grown.

 

The Mississippi State star did not have it all his own way on Friday and lost successive reps in one-on-ones to Oli Udoh of Elon, a small school prospect who could well frustrate Banogu and the other North pass rushers come game time.

 

However, when it came to team drills Sweat was dominant, using his long arms and the power in his hands to consistently burst into the backfield for what would in all likelihood have been sacks had tackling been allowed.

 

 

 

Samuel stars again

 

It has been an excellent week for the wide receiver class in Mobile, but none of that group has helped their stock more than South Carolina's Deebo Samuel.

 

Samuel's battles with Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin have arguably been the best of the entire week, and the Gamecock's ability to create separation with his footwork at the top of the route has led to talk of him being a top-five receiver in this class.

 

And it was his route-running drawing more oohs and ahhs and, in the case of the below rep - on which he easily swatted away Lonnie Johnson's attempted jam and then beat him with the whip route - a "dayum", as he enjoyed more success in red zone team drills.

 

 

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